RM listens as Jungkook of the South Korean boy band BTS speaks at the SDG Moment event as part of … [+] Anti-vaxxers meet ARMY.
ARMY consists of millions of BTS fans, or should we say stans. And they’ve got a new hashtag, #ARMYvaccinatedtoo, about Covid-19 vaccines. Now any ARMY hashtag is like putting avocado on anything. It’s got a really good chance of being quite formidable. So it wasn’t too surprising when, as of 9 pm today, #ARMYvaccinatedtoo was already topping Twitter’s trending in United States list with 24.6K tweets, easily distancing words like “Novocain.”
The hashtag emerged after BTS, the OMG-famous K-pop group, spoke at the United Nations (U.N.) General Assembly today. Yes, it was basically an U.N.-believable appearance. There, BTS member J-Hope said to the Assembly, “Some of you heard the news that we were coming to the U.N. and a lot of you were wondering whether we were vaccinated. And yes, all seven of us, of course, we received COVID-19 vaccination,” as you can see in the video accompanying the following tweet from the U.N.: BTS appeared in the General Assembly Hall to support the U.N. 2030 goals, which includes ending poverty and hunger, achieving gender equality, reducing inequality, and addressing climate change. Bandleader RM emphasized, “Every choice we make is the beginning of change, not the end.”
BTS is serving as special envoys from South Korea and were introduced by South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who described them as “exceptionally outstanding group of young men who are connecting with the youth across the world.”
You can see the whole presentation in the following video from Forbes , including a special performance of their hit single “Permission to Dance,” at the U.N. Headquarters in New York City: BTS formed in the early 2010s and has since become a worldwide sensation. They’ve been churning out hit songs and write their own songs and lyrics, many of which are socially conscious. Their growing list of accolades includes becoming the first South Korean band to ever have an album debut at No. 1 on the US Billboard chart and performing at some high profile venues such as Good Morning America and Saturday Night Live.
Oh, and they have ARMY behind them. Not an army. Not the army. But ARMY, which stands for Adorable Representative M.C. for Youth. ARMY consists of millions of BTS fans, who have become a force to be reckoned with on social media. BTS’ YouTube channel has over 40 million followers. ARMY runs a Twitter account that has over 30 million followers.
In recent years, many K-pop fans including ARMY have taken to social activism on social media. For example, in June 2020, then-U.S. and now Mar-A-Lago resident President Donald Trump was going to hold a campaign rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma. As I described for Forbes back then , this rally was scheduled to occur when the Covid-19 coronavirus was urging in the area, which was a bit like trying to cook some flambé while your house is on fire. […]